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Bugs (BBC-1 1995-1999, Jesse Birdsall, Jaye Griffiths)

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Tapping into our obsession with all things spying and gadgetry mid to late 90’s action adventure series Bugs attempted to go for an Avengers/ITC type vibe (even bringing in the legendary Brian Clemens as story associate) with it’s stories of three secret agents. Like Doctor Who managed to do in spectacular style in recent years Bugs attempted (and sometimes succeeded) to bring telefantasy back to prime time Saturday evening TV.

The trio was nominal leader Mick Beckett, computer expert Ros Henderson and tough guy Ed. In best super hero style the trio tangle with all manner of bad guys hellbent on world domination. Like The Avengers the series was set in a kind of every England although London (never named) is clearly the main location.

Aussie actor Craig McLachlan initially played Ed but he departed after a couple of seasons and was replaced by Steven Houghton. Towards the end of the shows run the trio began working for a new department called The Bureau and had to answer to new boss Jan.

The series worked best when it focused on the action unfortunately as the show neared the end of it’s run there was more of an emphasis placed on the personal lives of the team.

The final three episodes of the fourth season were broadcast almost a year after the others in that season. These were billed as being part of a new season but were definitely not.

Bugs

production details
UK / BBC One – Carnival / 40×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 1 April 1995 – 28 August 1999

Theme Music: Gavin Greenaway / Producer: Brian Eastman / Executive Producers: Caroline Oulton (seasons 1-3), Tony Dennis (season 4)

cast
Jesse Birdsall as Nick Beckett
Jaye Griffifths as Ros Henderson
Craig McLachlan as Ed (seasons 1-3)
Steven Houghton as Ed (season 4)
Jan Harvey as Jan (seasons 3-4)
Paula Hunt as Alex (seasons 3-4)

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 1 April – 10 June 1995
1. OUT OF THE HIVE (1 Apr 95)
2. ASSASSINS INC (8 Apr 95)
3. ALL UNDER CONTROL (22 Apr 95)
4. DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN (22 Apr 95)
5. SHOTGUN WEDDING (29 Apr 95)
6. STEALTH (6 May 95)
7. MANNA FROM HEAVEN (20 May 95)
8. HOT METAL (27 May 95)
9. A SPORTING CHANCE (3 Jun 95)
10. PULSE (10 Jun 95)

SEASON TWO 6 April – 22 June 1996
1. WHAT GOES UP… (6 Apr 96)
2. …MUST COME DOWN (13 Apr 96)
3. BUGGED WHEAT (20 Apr 96)
4. WHIRLING DERVISH (27 Apr 96)
5. BLACKOUT (4 May 96)
6. GOLD RUSH (11 May 96)
7. SCHRODINGER’S BOMB (25 May 96)
8. NEWTON’S RUN (1 Jun 96)
9. THE BUREAU OF WEAPONS (8 Jun 96)
10. A CAGE FOR SATAN (22 Jun 96)

SEASON THREE 19 July – 27 September 1997
1. BLAZE OF GLORY (19 Jul 97)
2. THE REVENGE EFFECT (26 Jul 97)
3. THE PRICE OF PEACE (2 Aug 97)
4. HOLLOW MAN (9 Aug 97)
5. NUCLEAR FAMILY (16 Aug 97)
6. FUGITIVE (23 Aug 97)
7. HAPPY EVER AFTER? (30 Aug 97)
8. BURIED TREASURE (13 Sep 97)
9. IDENTITY CRISIS (20 Sep 97)
10. RENEGADES (27 Sep 97)

SEASON FOUR 11 July 1998 – 28 August 1999
1. ABSENT FRIENDS (11 Jul 98)
2. SACRIFICE TO SCIENCE (18 Jul 98)
3. GIRL POWER (25 Jul 98)
4. THE TWO BECKETTS (1 Aug 98)
5. HELL AND HIGH WATER (8 Aug 98)
6. PANDORA’S BOX (22 Aug 98)
7. JEWEL CONTROL (29 Aug 98)
8. TWIN GEEKS (14 Aug 99)
9. MONEY SPIDERS (21 Aug 99)
10. THE ENEMY WITHIN (28 Aug 99)